::: A mini Long Way Down (Vietnam - Cambodia - Thailand - Malaysia)

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  1. VietHorse

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    It started raining after visiting Penang bridge.
    It's really scare riding on Malaysia highway in the rain. All cars there still fast like hell. Not long time since the rain started, I already saw several accidents:

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    It's good that two wheelers can utilize emergency lane on the left:

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    It's totally clear from there.

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    Clear road is for me:

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    Rain and rain again...:

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  2. VietHorse

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    Reached Ipoh, I stopped to wait for Lip Meng to come. He advised me how to enter Malaysia from Thailand with very useful information:

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    He came with his Africa Twin:

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    He brought me around town and came to his house to say hello to his family. He then led me to invite me an awesome meal of the day:

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    Well, you sure know what the bikers talk about when they meet, I don't need to mention here, all about motorcycle and motorcycling :).
    It's good that heavy rain was passing by when we are in the restaurant. It was long long rain...

    Almost late afternoon, the rain seemed much lighter, I gotta hit the road, otherwise I could not make it to KL that night. Thank you so much Lip Meng. Hope to meet you again soon:

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    Rain all the way to KL central. Wet road, darkness, and driving style of Malaysian made me really scare. Less than 200km from Ipoh to KL, I saw at least 3 car accidents.

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    Once I was almost pee in my pants while group of 4-5 sport cars passed by me in some inches and were racing on the wet highway. Stood on my food pegs, I saw them racing just like what happened in Fast and Furious series. deal.gif

    Finally, I survived to Kuala Lumpur, after almost two hours being lost in KL traffic:

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    So far so good for a mini - Long Way Down trip icon10.gif

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  3. lipmeng

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    Nice ride and wonderful pics.

    Someday we will meet again and ride somewhere.

    Looking forward to your ride report of the amazing trip.

    Regards

    Lip Meng
     
  4. VietHorse

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    Thanks Bro, again. It's really great to have friends along the way so we can all share the live ride report without editing any pix :)))
     
  5. VietHorse

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    I have a spare day after that. Actually that day is cater for any uncertainties or unplanned stuff, or I could not reach KL after 5 days. I booked my flight back to Ho Chi Minh City on the 7th day of the trip, it's sort of safe preparation.
    Gotta find somewhere to ride during spare day, as I am not fond of shopping or sitting around.

    Posing beside famous Petronas twin tower:

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    They are two high and I was too close:

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    I was looking on GPS map and and I realized there was a very twisty road which leading to Genting highland and it is off the main road.
    Why not try - I turned into that and found it really nice.

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    I was thinking this road was one of the main road to Genting highland, but then they build the Karak highway instead because there was too many curves and dangerous turns. It's almost parallel with the Karak highway.

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    Almost no traffic:

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    Genting junction:

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  6. VietHorse

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    Took a fast round around Genting highland, I came down without taking any pix. The place up there is quite narrow, and it is quite difficult and dangerous to park the bike and taking pix.

    Off the top for a while, I turned into the Awana resort for a rest:

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    Hmmm, my GS is not a superbike!!!??

    Genting highland road ate all the chicken strips:

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    My lunch that day:

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    Left the resort, I come down the other way, it's Karak highway. Nice, clear, and with a bit twisty highway. This road is great for sport bikes.

    However, Karak highway is one of famous place in Malaysia. People call it's haunted place. Why? So many riders/drivers died on this road.

    Many stories about an unknown passenger...
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    about strange beetle, without driver but slowly move on the road side...

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    and about a lonely kid, walking on the road...

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    Yeah, it's really scary road. Right after my trip for couple of weeks (19/102014), there was a massive accident happened on this road. 4 bikers died, 2 of them were burned right on the road.

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    Knowing about this road, I did not dare to speed up, and more, it rained again... Honestly I had to find a stop to wait for the rain out:

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    Got the bike cleaned before storing at my friend's place:

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    And of course got some drinks for me and my dear friend:

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    Here's where I left her for a while, I gotta back with my family and to work to get some more money for bringing her home :) :

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  7. VietHorse

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    Time for me to fly back. KL in a morning - hell, I still wana ride some more:

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    Unlike all other time, I chose all cheap services.
    Use the train to go to Airport instead of Taxi. See the KTM Transfer? Not enough time for me to see WTH is that:

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    Ticket price, from Ampang to KL Sentral:

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    Departure, platform 2:

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    Now the time to get a ticket for KLIA Ekspress, fast train to the airport:

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  8. VietHorse

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    First time of mine to the KLIA2, the newly opened (May2014) low cost terminal.

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    Ticket for the train. Wifi free here also:

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    Yeapy:

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    It's so large for a low cost terminal, 257,000m2.

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    Buying some gifts for my son:

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    Alright, and that's it for my Mini-LWD trip.
     

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    Nice trip report pal.
    Hope you enjoy your stay in Malaysia.
     
  10. kchow24

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    Hi VH,

    Is your bike still in KL now?
    Are you planning to ride it back or ship?
     
  11. VietHorse

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    Hi kchow,
    I rode back already. And another report called LWUp is about to be uploaded :)
     
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    Oh.. :-?:-?, I must be missed the timing, thought of riding with you up north.
     
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    Excellent report buddy and nice riding with you.
    LWUp report never materialized ? :shifty:
     
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    Maybe he still busy riding again...
     
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    Greetings from Singapore, you are very brave, respect.Trip to Ko lanta.docx (file://USER-PC/Users/user/Desktop/Trip%20to%20Ko%20lanta.docx)
     
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